Oakland Police Tie Up 12 Year Old For Allegedly Stealing a Cookie

On June 10th, 2013, Oakland Police arrested a 12 year old boy for allegedly stealing a cookie from a store.
According to at least one witness, officers kicked the child while restraining him. Rebecca Luisa Ruiz-Lichter was on the scene with her video camera to advocate for the child’s well being.

Video 1 (shot by Rebecca Luisa Ruiz-Lichter)

In the first video you can see Rebecca informing the police of her reasons for filming. A crime scene technician makes several attempts to obstruct Rebecca’s ability to video, to the point of making physical contact

Video 2 (shot by Rebecca Luisa Ruiz-Lichter)

In the second video the irate police employee tell Rebecca, “Mam, take your video camera and go stand over there.” Then proceeds to push Rebecca backwards making physical contact with her along the way

Video 3 (shot by Rebecca Luisa Ruiz-Lichter)

For more info you can contact Rebecca at rebecca415@gmail.com

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Oakland Police Shine Light into WeCopwatch Camera

On June 7th, 2013, WeCopwatch hit the streets of Downtown Oakland to observe police interactions with the public.

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While it was a fairly mild evening it is usual for Oakland Police to shut down 1rst Friday in sections. As police attempted to move people from the West Grand and Telegraph area, one officer became aware of that he was being videotaped and shined a spot light into a WeCopwatch camera. But then he stopped, likely realizing that the interaction would probably make it to youtube by the next morning.

People have the right to observe police conduct. There are no reasons to shine a light in someone’s camera in a lit area except to obstruct their ability to document.

The last memorial weekend in Miami, Carlos Miller of Photography’s Not A Crime found himself in a similar experience.

Following the release of this video, Miami Police Spokesperson said the actions of the officer were immature.
http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/05/27/miami-beach-police-spokesman-calls-cop-immature-for-shining-light-in-my-camera-lens/

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“Pigs are Haram!” Undercover Police Confronted on May Day

Written by Bay Area Intifada

This past May Day, autonomous/anarchist people of color held a contingent of about 75 people within the Sin Fronteras’ Immigrant Solidarity march. Although the contingent had a clear non-reformist and unapologetic stance about immigration, they spent the day in solidarity with those struggling against unjust labor and immigration policies.

The mood of the march was joyous and celebratory. During the march, two Muslim anarchists spotted large men who seemed out of place and were paying too much attention to the group. One cop was snapping photos of the Muslims within the contingent.

Demonstrating proper Addab (Islamic etiquette), the Muslim anarchists confronted the men who were clearly undercover police, stopped them from taking photos, and with the support of the rest of the autonomous/anarchist contingent sent them on their way with chants of “Pigs Out!” and “Pigs are Haraam!” Embarrassed and exposed, the two undercover officers slipped away through the crowds watching the spectacle.

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My Camera is a Weapon, But it’s Not a Gun Stupid

An interesting year in California as police across the state are trying out a new strategy to stop people from Copwatching.
Incidents have been taking place where Police are claiming to believe that camera wielding citizens may be pointing weapons at them. Frankly it’s true. Any police officer that is doing something wrong, certainly doesn’t want it documented, and any person with a camera, can use it to protect themselves.

Carlos Miller based out of Miami has been pretty on top of the issue but in case you haven’t seen
Look at these four recent incidents in different areas across the state of California and determine for yourself whether this is a new attempt at scaring people out of videotaping the police.

Hercules Police

Youtube.com JimmyCrackCorn
Watch as this incident unfolds. The person stopped knows his rights, and asserts them. At 2:10m into the video an officer that arrives late tells the person videotaping not to point the camera at him claiming it could be a “make shift” weapon.

Newark Police

Youtube.com Newark ENT
Gang Cops try to make person turn off camera after rolling up tough but lacking reasonable suspicion.

CHP

Youtube.com TheRegulationX
This cop claims to have seen cellphones that are guns. What do you think?

San Diego

Youtube.com Carlos Miller

However you feel on the issue. Copwatchers beware. This appears to be a tactic being implemented  by people with suspect and dangerous intentions. Be careful, have each other’s backs. The cop in this video thought he could get away with murder. There are many more out there.

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Mayor Quan Drags Off Aggressive Husband

by Mohammed Harun Arsalai

In recent years, Oakland has seen an accelerated gentrification process occurring. City Hall and law enforcement operations are both engaged in the dirty work that comes along with these processes. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen collaboration between the police and the FBI. We’ve seen 300 officers and 200 Feds zooming up and down the streets like an occupying army. They only came up with five arrests and a few guns. Another FBI-OPD raid occurred on First Friday. If one takes a deeper look, it doesn’t take long to see that the neighborhoods with the fastest rates of gentrification are the same as those that fall within the borders of Oakland’s gang injunctions. There are zero degrees of separation between the mayor’s office, city council, policing policies and the Business Improvement Districts of gentrification. Written by Mohammed Harun Arsalai

WeCopwatch on KPFA Speaking on Recent FBI Raids

(Interview by Ann Garrison) WeCopwatch checks in with KPFA on recent FBI/OPD Raids on the Acorn Projects. While many people have chimed in that this type of Martial Law is what we can come to expect in the future, these type of raids occur in Oakland all the time.

KPFA Interview
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For more about the FBI/OPD Raids click here

For a unfinished map of Botched Paramilitary Raids in America check here

(Thank you Ann Garrison for the interview, and to KPFA “Bring JR Valrey back!”)

The Feds Are In Town (Multiple Raids Occur in Oakland)

On April 24th, 2013, scores of Federal Agents alongside the Oakland Police, California Highway Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies descended upon the Acorn Projects in West Oakland, executing multiple simultaneous raids. According to ABC 7, residents along with main stream media outlets were given no immediate explanation for the raids. At 1:am OPD released a press release stating that they had participated in hi risk weapons and narcotics warrants search warrants.

Twitter Reactions to FBI Raids

So The FBI is at Your Door. .

Image by Eccentric Circle

This is a repost from about three years ago. It’s important to note that this the only version to still exists online. Apparently the FBI has sent privacy complaints to youtube regarding their identities being open to the public. If you are an agent with the FBI and take issue with this post, consider how it would feel to be a law abiding person and be visited by agents for “pre crimes”. And if you take issue with this video being online, please contact the ACLU Northern Branch. . . .

On April 21, 2010, two agents of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) came to my house to talk to me, a part time peace volunteer for Palestine. After verifying that they really were with the FBI, I asked them to wait. I shut my door, took a deep breath, and grabbed my video camera.

In an ideal world what prevails is “the truth.” Therefore, if you are innocent, you have nothing to fear since ultimately you will be found innocent. But the real world is not ideal; and what really counts in this world of ours is the “perception of truth.” Powerful governmental institutions with insurmountable resources at their disposal in terms of skills, money, manpower, organization, computer systems, etc. can create a perception of truth that ends you up in prison—even though you are innocent. This is why there are innocent people on Death Row. Consequently, the only prudent answer, when interrogated by government officials, is to exercise your Right to Remain Silent, and request an attorney, specially, during the current times of political agitation and war hysteria.

Just remember that as Voltaire once said, “It’s dangerous to be right when the government is wrong” and that “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell

I want to thank Jeffry Zavala for: * Helping me remain anonymous in this video * For creating something to help you if the FBI ever knocks on your door to question you about pre-crimes,* For helping me to tell others about my number one cause: Promoting the “One-State” Solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict, instead of the apartheid-like “Two-State” scenario.

Click here for more about your rights when the FBI comes to your door. . .

What to Do if the FBI Comes to Your Door